November 2019 Local Market Update (Contra Costa County)

What’s happening in our local real estate market? Well, I’m here to tell you. I am Krista Mashore, owner broker of Homes by Krista. We have seen a slight decrease in inventory in Brentwood. Inventory has gone down 11% in the past two months. Brentwood has 195 active homes on the market, 105 pending homes, … Continued

November 2019 National Market Update

What’s happening in our national real estate market, and how does it apply to you? Well, from my perspective, now may be a really good time to buy, and here’s why. Great news! The percentage of income needed to buy a medium priced home is down to 15.7%, and the historic norm is 21.2%. So … Continued

Top 10 MSA’s

So many of our sellers and so many buyers are moving out of the area. So I’ve got a fun real estate tip that I thought you’d want to know about in real estate. I’m Krista Mashore, owner broker of Homes by Krista. Here’s a graph in the United States of the top 10 MSA’s … Continued

What’s Happening in The Housing Market?

Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the housing market across the nation. Hi there, I’m Krista Mashore with Homes by Krista. Thanks so much for tuning in. We are seeing that buyer demand is currently lower and the supply of homes in the market is actually increasing, so you’ve got less buyers wanting … Continued

Taxes: Buyers and Sellers Beware

Seller and buyer beware. Did you know that just in our local area that the property tax rates can vary significantly? Why do you need to know this when buying or selling a home? Hi. I’m Krista Mashore, owner/broker of Homes By Krista. In our area in East County, prices range drastically. We have areas … Continued

Why Hire a Realtor

Can you buy or sell a home in East County without losing thousands of dollars to your bottom line? We all want that, right? But you need to do a few things. Be sure you hire a real estate agent when looking to buy or sell your home. That’s an awesome question, and with all … Continued


Again, lots of talk about the recession. The yield curve has inverted. If you’re not sure what that is, look it up. But over the last 50 years, when the yield curve inverts, it’s one of the most consistent recession indicators. That, coupled with the stock market dropping 800 points in August and bouncing up … Continued

Have You Ever Had a Short Sale: Krista Mashore with Tracie

Krista: Do you know anyone who’s ever had a bankruptcy, or a foreclosure, or a short sale? Most people we find think that they can’t buy a house. They think that it’s just it’s out of their league, but guess what? They’re incorrect. If you’ve ever had a short sale, a bankruptcy, a foreclosure, you … Continued

Why Are Lower Priced Homes More Desirable?

Why are lower-priced homes more desirable? It’s important to take note, according to CoreLogic, that lower-priced homes increase in value, year over year, significantly higher than higher-priced homes increase in value, year over year. Obviously, that’s due to lack of inventory of the lower-priced homes as well as the fact that more people can qualify … Continued

Thinking About Downsizing?

Have you been thinking about downsizing? I’d highly suggest that if it’s been on your mind that you might want to consider moving sooner than later. We’ve been seeing higher-priced homes recently stay on the market longer as well as we’re continuing to see price reductions. We believe this is due to the possibility of … Continued